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Alvin L. Schorr

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General Director

Community Service Society
Phone: (212) ***-****  HQ Phone
Local Address:  New York , United States
Community Service Society of New York
105 E. 22Nd Street
New York , New York 10010
United States

Company Description: The Community Service Society (CSS) is one of New York City's oldest not-for-profit organizations with a storied history on behalf of low-income residents. For over...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • City College of New York
  • MSW
    Washington University
  • Brandeis University
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Web References
Milbank Memorial Fund - Leaders of The Milbank Memorial Fund Since 1905, 21 May 2015 [cached]
Alvin L. Schorr, 1971-1977     General Director, Community Service Society, New York
Alvin L. Schorr, 1973-1976 Executive Director, Community Service Society of New York
Community Shares of Greater Cleveland - Leadership, 15 April 2010 [cached]
Alvin Schorr Professor Emeritus, CWRU
CWRU authors, 28 Aug 2002 [cached]
by Alvin L. Schorr, the Leonard Mayo Professor emeritus at CWRU's Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences
Books by Our Members, 9 Sept 2000 [cached]
Passion and Policy : A Social Worker's Career, by Alvin L. Schorr ; (Octavia Press) Bookstore, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio 44106, 216-368-1661 ; $ 29.95 ($ 19.95 soft) plus shipping
Alvin Schorr, 7 June 2009 [cached]
Alvin Schorr
Alvin Schorr's career is identified with public social policy, particularly with the issues surrounding income maintenance. Born in New York City in 1921, Schorr was graduated from the City College of New York with a BSS and from Washington University in St. Louis with an MSW. After college he was a social worker and executive in various public assistance, child welfare, and family counseling agencies. This phase of his career culminated with the executive directorship of the Family Service of Northern Virginia.
In 1958, Schorr received an appointment as a Family Life Specialist in the Social Security Administration with the responsibility to adapt social security programs to changing family needs. He dealt with issues such as AFDC, housing, and poverty. In 1963, Schorr began a two-year stint as the Social Security Administration's Acting Chief of Long Range Research, where he headed analyses of poverty in the U.S. and the relationship of family and income development.
In 1965, Schorr moved from Social Security to the Office of Economic Opportunity, again in the area of research and planning the allocation of OE0 and other government funds in the war against poverty. In 1967, he moved to the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Individual and Family Services.
Schorr moved from the government to the academic sector at the end of the Lyndon Johnson administration. In November, 1968, he went to Brandeis University as professor of social policy and director of the Center for Studies of Income Maintenance Policy (later he initiated a similar center at New York University), a project that provided consultation to model cities programs. In 1970, Schorr became dean of the New York University School of Social Work and in 1973 he became the General Director of the New York Community Service Society, a position he held until 1977.
After two years (1977-79) as visiting professor at the Catholic University of America, Schorr became the Leonard Mayo Professor of Family and Child Welfare at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.
He received numerous awards, among them a Distinguished Service Award (1966) and the Distinguished Alumnus Citation (1970) from Washington University's George Warren Brown School of Social Work, the Michael Schwerner award for civil rights leadership (1972), and an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Adelphi University (1975). He was a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar in England in 1962-63.
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